Messiah College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Covered Bridge on the Messiah College Campus
Covered Bridge on the Messiah College Campus. Badagnani / Flickr

Messiah College Admissions Overview:

Messiah College has an acceptance rate of 80%, making it not highly selective. Students with good grades and strong test scores, have a good chances of being admitted. To apply, prospective students will need to fill out and submit an application form, which can be done online. Additional materials include scores from the SAT or ACT, official high school transcripts, and a written personal statement. If you have any questions about the admissions process, be sure to visit Messiah's website, or get in touch with an admissions counselor. Campus visits are always a good idea, to see if the school would be a good fit for you.

Admissions Data (2016):

Messiah College Description:

Messiah College is a private, non-denominational evangelical Christian college located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg is just 12 miles away, and Baltimore and Philadelphia are each about a two-hour drive. Since its founding in 1909, the college has taken its Christian identity seriously, a fact reflected in the school's motto, "Christ Preeminent." Students have a wide range of academic options spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and professional fields. Business, education, and nursing are particularly popular among the college's 80+ majors. Academics are supported by a healthy 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and small classes, and the college takes pride in the personal attention its students receive. High achieving students should look into Messiah's Honors Program. Campus life is active with over 70 student clubs and organizations including many recreational sports. On the athletic front, the Messiah College Falcons compete in the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). The college fields ten men's and ten women's intercollegiate sports. 

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,305 (2,788 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $33,180
  • Books: $1,280 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,920
  • Other Expenses: $2,210
  • Total Cost: $46,590

Messiah College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 82%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,869
    • Loans: $7,493

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Engineering, Exercise Science, Family Science, Music Education, Nursing, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 20%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 73%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 76%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Wrestling, Baseball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Softball, Swimming, Basketball, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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